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Floridians ranked among the worst drivers in the country

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's a sight leaving many drivers seeing red: brake lights, pile ups, and all around agony on the asphalt.

A new survey by CarInsuranceComparison.com shows Florida screeching into the #6 spot of the worst behind the wheel in the country. Florida Highway Patrol stats back the survey up. An average of 40,000 crashes are reported each month, just in the state.

"A lot of people cut out from the roads, speeding, going too fast, driving distracted, driving impaired," Florida Highway Patrol's Sgt. Steve Gaskins said Tuesday.

It only gets worse during the holidays. So far this month, FHP's documented 12,000 accidents. That number is only expected to go up, making honking an everyday sound of the season.

"Typically, there could be an influx of crashes because there are a lot of people on the roads. We've got Christmas, schools getting out," Gaskins said.

FHP heightens patrols during the holidays, but they encourage drivers to use extra caution during the countdown to Christmas. As millions hit Florida highways this month, FHP encourages everyone to buckle up and give yourself extra time for your commute.

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